Ofcom to have wider remit with more online powers

Outgoing Ofcom chairman David Currie has said that his successor should expect the communications regulator to have an expanded remit with responsibility for stricter control over internet content.Currie, making what will be his final annual lecture for Ofcom before leaving at Easter next year, said there was an appetite among legislators for putting a tighter rein on the net now the medium had moved beyond its formative stages.He added that there was no mention of the internet in the 2003 Communications Act that established Ofcom because parliament did not think that it could legislate adequately when it was hard to predict how the medium would develop.To read this story in The Guardian in full, see www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/oct/15/ofcom-digitalmedia.

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